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Carrot Stress Tolerance and Wild Relative Breeding

Field, Lab, Earth Podcast

from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America

Episode 42 – “Tapping into Wild Carrot Diversity for New Sources of Abiotic Stress Tolerance to Strengthen Carrot Pre-Breeding in Bangladesh and Pakistan” with Dr. Philipp Simon

Carrots are a diverse crop that grows worldwide. Packed with nutrients and flavor, many of its wild relatives also carry important traits such as resistance to abiotic stresses like drought, heat, or salinity. These traits can be crucial as we look at how to feed our growing population; however, without growing these carrot wild relatives under these stressful conditions, it can be difficult to pinpoint which varieties carry which traits. Partnering with scientists in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Dr. Phil Simon and his team are working to identify valuable traits in carrots from all over the world in the hopes of improving future carrot breeding efforts.

In this episode you will learn:

  • What common roadside plant is actually a wild relative of carrot
  • How the lifecycle of carrots works
  • What it’s like to go on a seed collecting expedition
  • How to grow carrots at home

Listen to the episode on Field, Lab, Earth.

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